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Clubs Spread 
Yuletide Cheer 

Chri stmas comes but once a 
year, and the clubs on campus 
make the most of it. Each of the 
organizations abandons its usual 
interests and concentrates on 
spreading the cheer of the Yule- 
tide Season. 

Promoting the religious aspect 
of Christmas, the Adelphians are 
constructing a creche. This will 
be placed on the front lawn as a 
reminder to students and passers- 
by of the true meaning of Christ- 

The Philodemic Society will 
again dress up the Administration 
Lobby with a gaily decorated tree-. 
Another project which they have 
undertaken is collecting child- 
ren's literature, used toys and 
games to be distributed to charit- 
able organizations. The society 
has procured the services of the 
Fitchburg Fire Department, which 
will fix any broken toys that the 
Phi lo's receive. 

A Christmas party will be 
given by the ToKalon Society for 
the underprivileged children at 
the Dillon School. Santa will be 
there to brighten their Christmas 
with various gifts. Songs, games 
and laughter will burst the seams 
of Dillon. 

The F.S.C. campus will glow 
from afar, due to the efforts 
of the Mohawks. As is their cus- 
tom they will decorate the ever- 
green i n front of the Admin. Build- 
ing. Their main Christmas activ- 
ity is the "Toy for Joy" crusade. 
The Hawks ask the students , to 
donate toys for underpri viledged 
children, thus giving everyone an 
opportunity to participate actively 
in the college Christmas program. 

The Esoteric's have taken it 
upon themselves to give an air of goodwill to the dorm 
dining hall. Tinsel and holly will 
adorn the hall this Christmas, 
along with their Christmas tree. 

The newly-elected commuter's 
board will sponsor a Christmas 
party in the commuter's lounge. 
Sonta will be the guest of honor 
and will pass out candy canes. 

The GleeClub and the religious 
clubs will sing Christmas carols. 
The student body will be invited 
to "Sing- Along- With-Kent" at the 
Christmas Assembly. 

The staff of the "Kampus Vue" 
wishes all of you a Merry Christ- 





Lively Debate and Discussion Hiqhliqht 
Forum "Operation Abolition" Program 

Were students participating in 
demonstrations against the House 
of Un-American Activities Com- 
mittee ' 'Toying with tre ason' ' ? 
Were these demonstrations Com- 
munist inspired to undermine the 
work of the committee? 

These were among the que s- 
tions discussed by the panel after 
the film "Operation Abolition" 
was presented by Forum to Fitch- 
burg State College faculty members 
and students on December 7. 

Participating on the panel was 
Mr. Samuel Hopley, editorial writer 
for the Fitchburg Sentinel, Mr. 
Kenneth Robertson, a speaker at 
previous showings of the film, Mr. 
William Homans Jr., an attorney 
and member of the Executive Com- 
mittee of the Civil Liberties Union 
of Massachusetts, Mr. Eugene 
Cass ass a, a faculty member who 

acted as moderator, and John How- 
croft, co-editor of the Kampus Vue. 

Opening the discussion with an 
introductory statement, John How- 
croft questioned the validity of the 
events in the film as presented to 
the public. He submitted that the 
events in the film should be given 
critical examination without emo- 
tionalism and he enumerated some 
of the discrepancies in the film. 

Mr. Hopley explaines that he 
justified and defended the action 
taken by police in the demonstra- 
tions because the demonstrations 
were a conspiracy against the gov- 
ernment And the students who 
took part in the demonstrations 
were "toying with treason". He 
also said that Americans should 
take the conservative position. 

Mr. Robertson advised the au- 
dience to examine both the leftist 

Roger Surette, right president 
of Forum, and John Howcroft, left 
discuss different aspects and points 
of "Operation Abolition". Roger 
was the moderator of the panel and 
John was a participant. 



AT F. S. C. 




All the students ore extra busy these days^ caught in the flurry of 
Christmas excitement. Students are anxiously awaiting various planned 
events such as, the Christmas project of preparing baskets of food and 
toys for the needy families in Fitchburg. This is a particularly reward- 
ing annual occurrence. 

Caroling at the hospital is on 
the agenda. This is as much fun 
for the student nurses as it is en- 
joyable to the patients. 

The Ways and Means Committee 
is busy selling Christmas gifts. The 
candy is in an attractive can while 
can be used as a cannister. It sells 
for $1.00 a can. The proceeds from 
the candy helps to send more stu- 
dents to the National Student Nurses' 
Convention in Michigan next spring. 
We have put several candy cannis- 
ters on display in the Spa for any- 
one interested in purchasing a can. 

The Sophomore nurses are busy 
planning the banquet for the junior 
nurses' capping on December 15. 

The Senior nurses are eagerly 
awaiting the day of their graduation 
the day which seems to take forever 
in arriving. 

Our congratulations to the junior 
nurses for the wonderful Jazz Dance 

they sponsored on November 27. 
The Diamond Trio was terrific. Ev- 
eryone agrees, even Renee, that it 
was one of the best dances ever 
held at Burbank. A lot of work was 
obviously shown in the decorations 
and refreshments, and all that atten- 
ded couldn't help having a marvel- 
ous time. 

The Burbank nurses, through 
this article, wish to extend their 
best wishes to all for o wonderful 
Christmas and a Happy New Year. 


President and Mrs. Ralph 
Weston extend their best 
wishes for a very happy 
holiday season to the fac- 
ulty and the students. 

"Students at Fitchburg are 
likeable, polite, and interesting!", 
states Mr. Richard G. Chartier, In- 
structor of English at Northeastern 
University who has recently joined 
the faculty at Fitchburg State Col- 

Mr. Chartier, who has taught at 
Northeastern for three years, is 
helping to ease the workload of the 
English department at Fitchburg. 
At Northeastern he instructs Fresh- 
man English and Introduction to 
Literature, then travels from Boston 
for his Freshman English class 

Originally from Connecticut, he 
has received his Bachelors degree 
at the University of Connecticut 
and his Masters degree at North- 
eastern University where he now 
teaches. He served in the armed 
services for two years, recently 
being discharged. He is married 
and makes his home in Brookline. 

Since basketball is his favorite 
sport, Mr. Chartier is a member of 
the faculty basketball team at North- 
eastern. The faculty team vies 
against the freshmen there. He is 
also interested in all other sports 
though only as a spectator. 

Mr. Chartier intends to instruct 
at Fitchburg for the rest of this 
seme ster and possibly the next. 

and rightist factions of the politi- 
cal situation before making a de- 
cision. He also offered to give in- 
formation on the situation to inter- 
ested members in the audience. 

Mr. Homans pointed out that it 
is not the constitutional function 
of the HUAC to operate in a judic- 
ial manner, punishing subpoenaed 
persons by exposure. He also dis- 
agreed with the opinion that the 
student demonstrators by their ac- 
tions were "Toying with Treason". 
He pointed out that if a person so 
much as disagrees with the same 
thing a Communist disagrees with 
he is immediately labeled a com- 
munist or is said to te "duped" 
by them. 

Following the panel Discussion, 
panelists were questioned by mem- 
bers of the uadience. 

Students Enjoy 
"The Messiah" 

For the Assembly on December 
5, the Glee Club, under the direc- 
tion of Dr. Richard Kent, presented 
excerpts from "The Messiah" by 
George Frederick Handel. Guest 
soloists participating in the pro- 
gram were Elsie Adams' and Shirley 
Gale. Judith Percy and Lillian 
Kent were the accompanists. Ed- 
ward Hanjian, director of music in 
the Fitchburg Schools, was on hand 
to direct the "Hallelujah Chorus". 
At the conclusion of the program, 
opportunity was given for anyone 
interested to contribute to the fund 
which will be used to send the 
Fitchburg High School Band to Pas- 
adena for the Rose Parade on New 
Year's Day. The following students 
were ushers for the presentation: 
Jean Murphy, Nancy Miller, Mary 
Connell, and Martha Pyteraf. 

Mr. Semerj ian is interested in 
organizing an instrumental program 
on campus. This would serve as 
an outlet for students talented in 
music. Above all, however, he needs 
student support in order to bring 
this plan to fruition. 


> Staff of KAMPUS VUE 

wish all a 


Self Survey of College 
Being Done By Faculty 
Committees To Maintain 
Accredidation Status . . . 

In 1963, Fitchburg State College will or will not be re-accredifed. To 
achieve such a goal certain objectives must be met in order to meet the 
standards of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. 
The NCATE is an organization whose sole purpose is to improve teach- 
er education by accreditation. It states in the NCATE Standards and 
Guides bulletin, that the essential requirement is that the institution 
have the program for the preparation of teachers supported by a well qua- 
lified faculty. 

The first step to accreditation 
is through application to the NCATE, 
the second is through the material 
to be filled out for the NCATE com- 
mittee. This causes the institution 
to look at itself. This self survey 
is done with respect to well defined 
areas of the college and of its pro- 
gram. These areas consist of: the 
library, grounds and buildings, the 
quality of the faculty and personnel, 
program of instruction, and student 
personnel services such as nutri- 
tion, health and guidance. After 
this process has been completed 
the third step of accreditation comes 
by way of a committee who visits 
the institution and ascertains if 
what is on paper is actually in prac- 
tice within the college. 

In 1953, when Fitchburg State 
Teachers College was accredited, 
committees were set up to work on 
self evaluation. These committees, 
some of which have continued th- 
rough the years, are once again in 
effect. They number about ten and 
the members of these committees 
are now engaged in finding out where 
our strengths and weaknesses lie. 
Students will be included in these 
committees at a later date. The 
areas in which the committees are 
working are in the same areas as 
previously mentioned. 

What can the students do about 
accreditation? First, students must 
become sensitive about the impor- 
tance of obtaining a degree from an 
accredited institution. Since a de- 
gree will determine what may He 
ahead in the future, the student has 
more at stake in accreditation than 
anyone else. Many graduate insti- 
tutions admit only those candidates 

who have obtained their baccalaur- 
eate degree from an accredited insti- 
tution. Second since students are 
sometimes apt to be overcritical of 
existing conditions, they should be- 
come aware of every single aspect 
of the program which represents a 
plus mark. How much student in- 
terest there is may in itself con- 
stitute a favorable impression. 
Third, the students should accept 
the individual duty for social action. 
It is no crime to admit deficiency, 
it is to fail to recognize it and more 
so not to do anything about a known 

What then are some of the stand- 
ards of the NCATE as stipulated 
by their manual? In regard to ob- 
jectives to teacher education, these 
objectives should point out that the 
graduates of the curriculum are qua- 
lified for the positions for which 
they have been prepared. These ob- 
jectives should set forth beliefs 
and assumptions as to effective 
means for developing these desired 
personal and intellectual qualities. 
In regard to the library, does the 
library have an adequate number of 
librarians to support the college 
population? In regard to self gov- 
ernment of the student body, how 
much does a student have to say 
about social, financial, public re- 
lations, and extracurricular activ- 
ities? Are there study groups on 
campus for the students to discuss 
among themselves attempts to make 
a better school? Is the student in- 
terested in a program of enriching 
his cultural life? 

Accreditation is coming! Along 
with it, will a re-vitalization of stu- 
dent interest occur? 



Articles in this newspaper do not necessarily represent or reflect the 
views of the staff, faculty advisor, student body, faculty or administra- 
tion. The aim of this newspaper is to bring good neve to the students 
and to stimulate thought and expression. 

Co-Editors Diane Brazawskis 

John Howcroft 

Feature Editor Paul Stjean 

Assistant Feature Editor Joan Cotton 

News Editor An e eIa R ° ssi 

Assistant NewsEditor Nancy Heikkila 

Sports Editors Raymond Mochon 

Virginia Adams 

ti ■ if Andrew DeToma 

Business Manager nnurcw 

Heads of Departments ,?,.,„_ 

Make-Up W.lhamFlynn 

Art D °»K Fleming 

Faculty Advisor Dr. Richard B. Michael 

Contributors: iii.i- 

David Barnicle, Frank Bianco. Billie Crooks, Sandra Enckson, William 
Greene. Nancv Heikkila, Shirley Jena, Mary Ann Kropotkin, Mary Luca 
Michelle Magnon, Phyllis Michneiwicz, Mary Phelan, Bill Quill, "oris 
Robinson. Tonv Romano, Carol Ryan, Kerry Shea, Sandra Valiere, Brenda 
Werner, and Marv Pankosky. Judith Viewig, Joan Monsou, Dennis Fisher, 
Susan Skamaryce, Ronald Halohan, Marilyn DiMassa, Blair, Lariviere, 
Irene Czekanski, Lou Garceau, Kathy Carney, Richard Dow, and Stephen. 
McCauley. ^^^ 

On December 10th the United Nations will celebrate Human 
Rights Day, and the week from December 10th to the 17th will be 
known as Human Rights Week. On this day and week we are to 
observe the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 
by the General Assembly. 

This Declaration puts forth the basic rights and fundamental 
freedoms of life, liberty, and security of person to which each and 
every man is entitled. These freedoms include the freedoms from 
arbitary arrest and detention; of movement and residence; of opin- 
ion and expression; of thought, conscience, and religion; and of 
peaceful assembly and association. The basic rights include the 
right to a fair trial by an independent and impartial tribunal, to be 
presumed innocent until proven guilty, to a nationality, and to own 
property. Other rights consist of the right to an education, to vote, 
to social security, to work, to an adequate standard of living, and 
to the participation in the cultural life of the community. Indeed, 
the Declaration of Human Rights can only be rivaled by the French 
Rights of Man, the English Bill of Rights, and our own Bill of 
Rights in the progress of mankind towards a better world. 

The Declaration of Human Rights, however, is not a law which 
is to be enforced. It is a proclamation of which every man should 
be aware and to which he is entitled. It also should make us a- 
ware that certain governments flagrantly violate these basic rights. 
One such government is the one in Spain which has denied its cit- 
izens their rights and liberties for the last twenty-two years and 
continues to do so. We should also be aware that in Angola and 
in the Union of South Africa not only is there a denial of human 
rights but also a reign of terror. Nor should we forget the oppres- 
sion of the basic rights of man in Hungary nor those brave people 
who dared to defy that oppression five years ago. 

We, however, do not have to go beyond our borders to see the 
basic rights and freedoms of man being violated. The people of 
the United States also must bear on their consciences the denial 
of certain rights and freedoms to some of their citizens. These 
citizens include the Negro who is still in some areas denied the 
right to vote, to a decent education, to a participation in govern- 
ment, to an adequate standard of living, to work, and even in some 
cases the right to a fair trial by an independent and impartial tri- 
bunal. Although some progress has been made in these areas it 
continues to prevail not only in the Southern states , but in the 
Northern states as well. 

Another area in which the basic rights of man may be endan- 
gered is during the investigations conducted by the House Un- 
American Activities Committee. This committee is not obliged to 
follow custom ary judicial procedures. The subpoenaed person 
does not always face his accuser. He cannot examine the evidence 
which is being used against him and he is presumed guilty before 
any innocence has been established. 

These actions of the HUAC have lead to industrial blacklisting 
of certain Hollywood writers because of their convictions. One of 
these was denied the Oscar award under his real name. This in- 
vasion of liberty may well be compared with the Soviet Union's 
refusal to allow Boris Pasternak to accept his Nobel Prize. 

The failure of many societies to respect the basic rights and 
freedoms does not mean that one should become pessimistic about 
such ideals. The Declaration of Human Rights is an ideal for 
which we should strive. It is an achievement which requires a 
courage and tenacity which has no bounds. It also requires that 
one be adamant when encountering those who are smugly justified 
for their oppressions. Every citizen should acknowledge and main- 
tain these ideals and they should not be left to be carried out by 
governments. For one should realize that if the upholding of such 
rights and freedoms is left to any government, it might still be in 
EDITORIAL con't Col. 4-5 this page 




A jbemocbaiic Aeltkztic 


In a recent book, America as a 
Civilization, Max Lerner says: 

If it is possible to speak of an 
artistic culture predominantly 
phrased in the vernacular— that 
is to Say, a popular ■ culture- 
America must be counted its 


To The Editor 

"The greatest dangers to liberty 
lurk in insidious encroachment by 
men of zeal, well meaning, but with- 
out understanding." These words, 
of Louis Brandeis, I believe might 
well apply to those students who 
recently signed a petition calling 
for the lifting of censorship from 
the school press. These students 
perhaps meant well, but were they 
aware of the background of this 
question of censorship? Did they 
ever proof-read articles blatanetly 
crude, filled with nonfactual accu- 
sations which in public press would 
be subject to libel suits, or so in- 
ferior in composition that they did 
not merit printing in the college 

Signers of that petition should 
realize that publishing a paper re- 
quires maturity—maturity on the part 
of the editors and staff. The editors 
should be matureenough toexercise 
self-censorship and not shift Re- 
sponsibility to a faculty advisor. 
One must remember freedom of the 
press is not license of the press 
and that every freedomnecessitates 
a responsibility. Do the writers of 
these questionable articles have 
the foresight to see their effect 
upon readers? Do they ever stop 
to take account of the damage they 
may do to the college? 

The Kampus Vue has a circula- 
tion of approximately one thousand. 
Most of these copies are distributed 
throughout the school but well over 
one hundred copies find their way 
to all parts of the area and country 
via exchange papers and advertis- 
ers. Should anything be printed 
which is at all questionable it could 
bring immediate attention to the 
school from all parts of the land. 

Unlike ourTiometown newspap- 
er, it is the printed word of this 
institution. No one individual fi- 
nances our paper and no one indi- 
vidual will bear the burden of dis- 
grace. The impression made by 
our newspaper is an impression that 
will be made of our institution and 
its students. 

It is unfortunate that the great 
majority does not seem to organize. 
They seem to feel that they are 
going to be effective because of 
their own strength, but they fail to 
give an expression of it, and as a 
result the influence of the organiz- 
ed minority seems to dominate. I 
am sure that most students will a- 
gree that they do not wish to be 
held responsibility for the actions 
of a few who appear to want the 
control of the news media. 

most fateful experimental in- 
stance. What some of the young- 
er art historians and critics call 
a "democratic aesthetic" will 
either by shaped in America or 

Can we change the nature of art 
as it has been known in the past to 
conform with those political and 
social principles which we call 
"democratic"? It is a point worth 
discussing, and I should like to do 
so, using Lerner's proposition as a 
point of departure. 

Obviously, Lerner is not talk- 
ing about existing forms of popular 
art (defined as what most people 
like.) Further, from the context we 
may assume that he is not referring 
to Modernist Art, The Marxist Art 
of Social Realism, or what he him- 
self calls "Elite Art". 

Although he does not say so 
very clearly, some of what he ap- 
parently does mean by "a demo- 
cratic aesthetic" may be summar- 
ized under three sub-headings: 

1. "True folk art." Indigen- 
ous art forms rising spontaneously 
and without thought of profit from 
the people, "mixed with the sweat 
of American experience." 

2. Popular arts with a con- 
science, from which we must exact 
the "emotional honesty with which 
a mature man cannot dispense." 

3. A nationalistic orientation. 
"The popular arts will serve Amer- 
ican interests best when they ex- 
press with depth and universality 
the surging impulse of the common 
American experience." 

Although he notes some signifi- 

cant achievement along these lines 
in the instances of the novel and 
of jazz, Lerner obviously means to 
infer that the true "democratic aes- 
thetic" lies somewhere in the fu- 

It is interesting to note that the 
general question has been frequent- 
ly debated in the past. More than 
a half-century ago, a visiting critic 
of American culture, Lord Bryce, 
outlined two opposing theories a- 
bout the influence of democratic 
institutions upon intellectual and 
artistic activity. The first of these 
he said, holds that democracies 
sharpen wits, stimulate minds, and 
give to each man a sense of his 
own powers and duties which spurs 
him on to exertions in ever-widening 
fields. Athens, the Rome of Cicero 
and Lucretius, and Renaissance 
Florence are cited as examples. 
(To this camp belong in their var- 
ious ways Lerner, Mann, Dewey, 
Whitman, and the anonymous Amer- 
icanwho wrote in the Message Bird 
magazine of 1852, "Art must, like 
Nature, be essentially democratic") 

The second theory is that when 
the opinion of the greatest number 
is the universal standard, every- 
thing is reduced to the level of vul- 
gar minds. (Proponents of this view 
include de Toqueville, Gide, Plato, 
Bryce himself, and Gasset, who 
said, "The average citizen is a 
creature incapable of receiving the 
sacrament of art, blind and deaf to 
pure beauty. ") 

A factor bearing further— and 

EDITORIAL con't from Col. 1-2 this page 

an infant stage. 

Human Rights Day is a day when one should renew his courage 
for the attainment of those high goals. It is a day when every man 
should realize the principles of that Declaration. It is also a day 
when one should mourn those who have lost their liberal energies 
and also those who have suffered while carrying these basic ideals 
of human rights forward. 

"One Method of Keeping our Front Steps Clean! 

There will be an answer to this 
letter in the next issue. 




"A Happy Journey," "Aria DaCappo" 
Presented By Dramatic Club 

A mixture of comedy and reality faced the puddle In the Jr. High Audi- 
torium November 28 and 29th, as they watched Jeff Peters' production of 
Thornton Wflder's A Happy Journey. 

Chief character, and provider of reality and reminiscences of our own 
Ma's, was Jo-Ann Payton. She played the part with a feeling that made 
the audiences quiver at times. Her costume was that of a woman ofabout 
fifty years of age and her acting suited her costume to a "T". However, 
great credit must also be given to her supporting cast, who made her per- 
formance possible. Magnificent characterizations of Pa {Dick Lawrence), 

Caroline (Dianne DeForest), Arthur 
(Ronald Goudreau), and Beauly 
(Priscilla Blunsdan) were the main- 
stays of the play. 

The mimickingof the above men- 
tioned four, especially the first 
three during the trip, offset the ser- 
ious feeling which Ma constantly 
evoked. The Stage Manager, (Dave 
Barnicle), in true Wilder fashion, 
played all of the minor parts. 

You could have heard a pin drop 
during the scene between Ma and 
Beauly on the couch. Miss Peyton's 
apparent motherly concern over her 
daughter's health was a show stop-" 


"Pierrot, a macaroon. I cannot 
live without a macaroon!" With 
the se now famous words, Barbara 
Whipple started the dialogue for an 
extremely good presentation of Edna 
St. Vincent MUlay's Aria DaCappo. 

The attention of the audience 
was captured, before her lines, by 
the broadcasting over the Pa system 
of some "way out" music. It set 
the secne! Many question marks 

could be observed in the audience 
upon the playing of this music, but 
Phil Connors scon eliminated all 
question marks as he portrayed Co- 
lumbine' (Miss Whipple) off-beat, 
philosophical lover. 

Additional zest was given to 
the play by the appearance of Bev- 
erly Stearns, James Quill, and John 
Catalini. The highlight of this play 
seemed to havebeen the death scene 
performed by Bev and Jim. They 
were superb! 

Then, time for another macaroon. 

Robert Carter deserves a great 
deal of credit for having produced 
this outstanding dramatic presenta- 

The lighting men and the stage 
managers of both plays deserve a 
great deal of credit for their yeoman- 
like services. 

Congratulations to all the play- 
ers for two fine performances. 

It should also be mentioned that 
the Fitchburg State Dramatic Club 
will present the Diary of Anne Frank 
in the Spring, under the direction of 
Mr. Eugene Cassassa. Anyone may 
take a part, so why net cowrie to one 
rehersal and read a few lines. Who 
knows, maybe you'll be Anne Frank! 

True Meaning of Christmas 

The name Christmas originates from the phrase — Christ's Mass. 
Christmas is a religious feast— would you believe it? An oft- 
heard saying is that "Christmas is becoming too commercialized." 
We must agree that this is true. 

The retail business looks forward to this holiday. The cities 
put up their Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving. This is 
done to make the people aware of the diminishing shipping days 
until Christmas and to stimulate buying. Slogans to "mail early" 
are broadcast to all. Television and radio keep reminding the pub- 
lic of gift suggestions such as ten or twelve dollar toys. It would 
appear that the parents would become bankrupt in the process of 
paying the Christmas debt. Christmas cards and wrappings are 
sold as early as three months before Christmas. 

The real spirit of Christmas is a thing of the past. The people, 
tired from long working hours and hectic shopping in overcrowded 
stores, have little thought in regard to the religious aspect of 
Christmas. Instead of being in the best of Christmas cheer, peo- 
ple become vexed when bills flood their life and the budget just 
won't stretch anymore. With all the mercenary problems, the true 
meaning of Christmas is forced out of the limelight. To the peo- 
ple, the New Year merely means eleven moath's to recuperate for 
the next Christmas. 




The newly elected and re-elect- 
ed officers of the Commuters' Board 
are as follows: 
President: Joan Gill i o 
Vice-President: Pelino Moscingioli 
Secretary: Theresa Gizzi 
Treasurer: Jeffery Peters 

The following eight people are 
the freshmen and upper class rep- 

William Regan 

Bob Stocking 

David Barnicle 

Robert Jones 

Elizabeth DesBois 

Sandra Snell 

Virginia Adams 

Margaret O'Toole 


How,* in your opinio 

could the United States strengthen its position : 



Club Meets 

Wednesday evening, November 
15, saw the monthly meeting of The 
Newman Club. 

Rosary and Benediction was 
held in St. Camillus Church at 7:30 
followed by the meeting itself which 
was held in the church hall. 

The program began with The 
Opening Prayer led by President 
William Quill, after which a short 
business session was held. 

An informative and enjoyable 
lecture was given by The Reverend 
Father Shay. Father Shay is fro... 
St. Ann's Church, West Bridgewater, 

The meeting was officially 
closed by President Quill with The 
Closing Prayer. 

Dancing and refreshments fol- 
lowed the meeting. 

The Newmanites will get to- 
gether again Wednesday, December 
6, 7:30 p.m. at St. Camillus Church. 


"I definitely feel that the United States should not compromise nor take 

a middle of the road position." 


"The people in Berlin can support better elections and try to unite the 
city, for it is now like two different countries in one. I think both the 
United States and Russia are trying to bluff each other, although nothing 
will come of it. This is a good way for Kennedy to recruit an army." 


"I think we should pull out and let the East and West Germans fight over 
the city. I also think its stupid to stand behind a wall with tanks on 
either side. It's a waste of human activity." 


"I believe the United States should fight fire with fire. By sending more 
tanks and artillery; we should show Russia that we mean business. This 
way we can show we are not "cream-puffs" for Russian diplomacy." 


By recalling all veteran servicemen, instead of sending new recruits to 
to Berlin. Also by having the top college professors work in clearing up 
this situation. Kennedy might as well have more "Rhodes Scholars" in 
his program." 


"I feel the United States should take a firm stand in Berlin. We should 
follow President Kennedy's proposals, keep troops in Berlin, and if need 
be, send more, to show Russia we mean business." 


"There are too many troops in Berlin, and sending more over there is a 
waste of government money. If anything starts then send them over. We 
made our move now its East Germany's turn." 


"I think the United States should stay firm in their position because once 

you yeild an inch, Russia will take a mile." 


"The United States' stand for peace in Berlin crisis should be compared 
to Alfred Tennyson's last two lines of his poem Ulysses " strive, to 
seek, to find and not to yeild." 

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A ^bemo&iatic /leitltetlc 

very importantly—upon the question 
has been the commercialization of 
art. Since mass production emerged 
as a determinant of public taste 
beginning in the 1830's, commercial 
activities have found more and more 
ways to make money out of familiar 
art forms. In our own generation, 
the "Big Media" have multiplied 
the effort, in )erner's wry para- 
phrase tending "to gravitate toward 
whatever is flat, stale, and profit- 
able . . . . " 

But note the paradox of the A- 
merican situation, namely, that com- 
mercialism in the arts and taste for 
excellence have been increasing 
concurrently. What are we to say 
to this? In a few cases perhaps we 
could suggest that the onepromotes 
the other, as in the growth of the 
record industry or the distribution 
of superior through inexpensive 
prints. On the other hand, the one 
may be a reaction against theother- 
— a kind of Newton's law of culture 
representing a search for deeper 
meanings amid a welter of shallow 
value s. 

Having examined briefly some 
of the background to the proposition 
broached by Lerner under the name 
of "democratic aesthetic", I should 
like now to look at his concept 
more critically, and to register sev- 
eral personal reservations. 

1. It is poorly grounded in Aes- 
thetics. The field of Aesthetics 
may be filled with dissention, like 
ohter philosophical areas, but one 
cannot on that account afford to ig- 
nore it when discussing art. 

2. It makes confusing use of 
the term, "Elite Arts." Lerner 

says, "A democratic aesthetic 

will reject the principle of a frozen 


elite in the arts." Does this mean 
art for an elite or art which is in 
itself elite? Further, "The charac- 
teristic weakness of the elite arts 
is likely to be found in condescen- 
sion of spirit, arrogance of intellect, 
contempt for mass culture." Surely 
this statement refers not to the arts 
themselves but only to certain of 
those who profess them. But as- 
suming for a moment that he means 
by these broadsides to attack art 
which is elite in itself, let us speak 
of mass culture, in which he places 
so much trust. Clearly, much of our 
mass culture richly deserves con- 
tempt, on specific grounds of deriv- 
ativeness, sentimentality, or sheer 
simple-mindedness. When we begin 
to cull it, in order to discover the 
best of it, are we not brought face 
to face with a new "elite"? 

3. Too much emphasis is placed 
upon "true folk art" as a basis for 
a democratic aesthetic. What we 
recognize as folk art is largely a 
dead letter, a phenomenon of our 
rural past which depended upon iso- 
lation and self-made entertainment- 
(The present revival of folk-singing 
is valuable in several ways, but it 
seems to be in the hands of sophis- 
ticates, who, when they try to add 
new "folk-songs" to the rich store 
of authentic songs from the past, 
reveal only too transparently the 
falsity of the folksy role they are 

4. There is a nationalistic bias. 
Why must we be concerned with an 
art that "will serve America'sinter- 
ests best"? We should not fall into 
the habit, as the Russians have, of 
thinking of art as a propaganda tool. 

Too " express with depth and_ 

universality the surging impulses 

of thecommon American experience" 
is simply a contradiction in terms. 
In his Ninth Symphony, Beethoven 
has expressed with depth and un- 
iversality the ideal of human brother- 
hood, but the common experience of 
his homeland, Germany, enters very 
little into it. There can be excell- 
ent art which is grounded in a given 
national character, but the greatest 
of art is that which can reach through 
the narrower preoccupations of in- 
dividual nations to speak meaning- 
fully to all peoples and all times. 

Lerner's notion must be there- 
fore largely rejected, as being in- 
completely formulated, inconsist- 
ently argued, and wrong in some of 
its implications. But let us take 
care not to throw out the baby with 
the bath; the idea of a democratic 
aesthetic has validity, and Lerner 
should be given credit for an imag- 
inative attempt to deal with a prob- 
lem with which we shall be concern- 
ed in this country for many years to 

In my own opinion, our art should 
not be limited to folk expression, 
should not be necessarily American 
except as American attitudes might 
have universal communicability, 
and should be elite only in the sen- 
se of being excellent among its 
kind. A democratic aesthetic, from 
this angle of vision, would not con- 
cern itself with trying to alter the 
nature of art, but with broadening 
and facilitating the approaches to 
it, with certifying the dignity and 
importance of it, with increasing 
active participation in it, and with 
keeping an open and experimental 
mind toward it. 





Sophs Champs Hockey in Fourth Season 

of Intramural 

BOARD ORGANIZES soccer Program 61 - 62 Looks Promising.. 

Under the guidance ond faculty sponsorship of Mr. Thomas Battinelli 
theM.I.B. has begun to formulate a program of intramural sports for the 
students at Fitchburg State. Recent meetings between Mr. Battinelli and 
permanent members of lasts years M.A.A. headed by president Dave Aron- 
son also Bud Smart, Bob Reinik, Mike Magrone and Jack Primiano have 
developed a new constitution and operational policies for the M.I.B. 

The board will consist of three while providing beneficial recrea- 

permanent members from each class 
starting with next year's freshman 
class. Candidates for election to 
the M.I.B. will be screened for in- 
terest and willingness to work. With- 
in four years the board membership 
will be complete at twelve. 

Their duties as M.I.B. reps will 
include supervision of the activities 
run by the organization program ar- 
ranging and publicity of the intra- 
mural events in the college. It is 
hoped that this type of plan will en- 
courage intramurals. Interest must 
also be shown on the part of the stu- 
dent. Your attitude and participa- 
tion in the intramural program will 
definitely be a deciding factor in its 

It is the obligation of intramural 
athletics in this college to provide 
additional time and facilities to pra- 
tic e the v ariou s skills a stu dent 
learns in his physical education 
classes. Intramurals supplement 
short physical education periods and 
at the same time mediate the ex- 
tremes of gym classes and varsity 
sports. All this is accomplished 

tion for the students. 

In the future you are urged to 
contact any of the representatives 
or Mr. Battinelli and inquire about 
the intramural program and the steps 
that are necessary to organize a 

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By virtue of a 3-0 victory over 
the freshman soccer team the sophs 
became the intramural soccer champs 
of F.S.C. Due to a lack of interest- 
ed personnel the seniors and juniors 
forfeited their play off game to the 

The contest which was run un- 
der the supervision of the newly 
formed Mens Intramural Board was 
the first of a list of intramural sports 
events between the various classes 
and clubs on the campus. A great 
deal of enthusiasm was displayed 
by both teams during the course of 
the pi a y. The sophomore t all ie s 
came from the feet of Dick Roy who 
accounted for one and Paul Marchand 
who booted a pair. 

* Outstanding defensive play 
from Steve Reagan and "Moose" 
Stearns thwarted the freshmanattack. 

The freshman displayed some 
fine players in Bill Anderson, Jack 
Kendra, and Jim Noiles. 

As usual Mr. Cassassa was pre- 
sent at the game to seek out any 
possible soccer players for the Fal- 
con varsity booters. Special men- 
tion should be made of the fine man- 
ner in which Jack Primiano, Mike 
Magrone, and Mr. Battinelli conduct- 
ed the game. If the interest from 
this contest could be shown in all 
of the other activities sponsored by 
the M.I.B., the intramural program 
will undoubtedly flourish. 

Paul Marchand who performs 
many acrobatic-like moves while 
protecting the goal against would-be 
scorers will be minding the nets for 
the second year at the Falcon skat- 
ers take to the ice for the 61-62 sea- 

Paul, who calls home South Bel- 
lingham, Mass., is a sophomore en- 
rolled in the Special Education cur- 
riculum. Before coming to Fitchburg 
he played hockey at Mount Saint 
Charles Academy in Rhode Island. 

Paul is also a member of the 
Phi Delta Pi Fraternity, the Special 
Education Club and the Hosts and 
Hostesses Club. 

During the hockey games he can 
be seen and heard from his position 
between the posts as he directs his 
teammates and shouts words of en- 

Last season Paul proved his 
capabilities as a goalie by turning 
back an average of thirty- five shots 
per game. He is further aided by a 
fine sense of balance, timing, and 
unusually quick reflexes. These 
qualities are essential for a good 
goalie. Needless to say, Paul's 
idol is Jacques Plante; at times he 
is referred to by teammates as 
"Jacques Junior." 

"Big Steve," a sophomore In- 
dustrial arts student is one of the 
mainstays of the Fitchburg hockey 
team. Bom in Springfield, Massachu- 
setts, a scant nineteen years ago, 
Steve played his schoolboy hockey 
at Springfield Technical High School. 

Last season "Mac" proved his 
versatility by alternating between 
lines and defensive play. This year 
he plays left wing on the WAM line 
which is composed of George Wood- 
bury, Bill Anderson, and Steve Ma- 
caulay himself. 

Steve has one of the best shots 
of anyone on the team. He plays a 
fast moving, rock 'em type of game 
with very little mercy on the oppos- 
ing goalie when an opening for a 
shot occurs. Steve who virtually 
lives hockey has been known to 
sleep with his hockey stick. He 
says that he uses it as a weapon 
in case of prowlers but its hard to 
believe that. Big Steve is a member 
of the Mohawk Club and also the 
track team. 


Cleghorn's Family Drug Store 

233 Daniels Street 
Fitchburg, Mass. 

DI 5-5822 

ce Hockey has now been an organized sport at Fitchburg for four 
years. Last year Joe Chaisson was the playing coach but with his grad- 
uation, one of the best players to ever play for the Falcons is now greatly 
missed, as he proved to be a very competent participant with his ability 
to kill penalties and stick-handle. This year, Mr. Eugene Casassa is the 
coach, as was last season. 

This year promises to be very successful for the hockey team due to 
the fact that many of the experienced players are back and a good turnout 
of freshmen have shown-up for the practices at Worcester Arena. 

A freshman, Billy Anderson, from Mass., is this year's captain. He 
Springfield, played hockey for Spring- will be playing with Bob Banta,' a 
field Tech and won a position on the resident of Fitchburg and a senior 
second team of All-Western Mass. I. A. student also. Both are hard 
players. Billy promises to be a key 
player in the line-up as he has had 
much experience playing for various 
teams in the Western Mass. area. 
George Marineau, who hails from 
Nashua, New Hampshire, is also a 
great addition to the team as he is 
a former player for the University of 

New Hampshire. Jack Caron, a fresh- 
man from Boston, is a winger. He 
is a member of the Roxbury Olympics, 
of the Weymouth Hockey Associa- 
tion. Dick Dow, a sophomore from 

W. Roxbury, is also out for hockey 

this year and is rapidly learning the 


Also, returning from last year's 

team, the following players: George 

Woodbury, an LA. junior fromRhode 

Island, will be centering for Steve 

Macaulay and Billy Anderson. Steve 

Macaulay will be playing Left Wing. 

He and Anderson played together on 

the Spfld. Tech hockey team while 

they spent their time at Tech. Joe 

Gosende and Jimmy Babineau, both 

from Wilbraham, are two valuable 

boys as they both have hustle and 

the ability to score. Joe and Jimmy 

are Spfld. Tech graduates also. Bob 

Phaneauf, who resides in Agawam, 

will be pressing the opposition con- 
stantly while he centers for the Fal- 
cons. At Right Wing will be Charlie 

O'Connor of Winchester. 

The following players hold down 

defense positions: Dave Aronson, a 

senior LA. student from Seekonk 

checkers and competent contestants. 
Pete McEvilly, a junior from Clinton 
is the roughest and most determined 
player on skates. Pete makes sure 
that no-one gets past him! Fresh- 
man defenseman, Ron Wiitale, a res- 
ident of Fitchburg, will be playing 
with Pete. Ron has had much ex- 
perience playing with a team from 
Fitchburg and his efforts have cer- 
tainly shown it. Other freshmen de- 
fen semen are; Rich Kelly, Frank 
Barenowski, and commuter, Dick 
Fan-el. All of them show hustle and 
determination to play well. Junior, 
Dave Proctor, from Lunenburg, also 
plays defense and is showing steady 

This year the Falcons have the 
service of two netminders, Paul 
Marchand and Paul Johnson. John- 
son has had experience playing for 
the Newton High hockey squad and 
Marchand, who is fantastic in his 
efforts to keep the opposition from 
scoring, is a former goalie for Mount 
St. Charles where he spent his years 
in high school. 

The squad would very much ap- 
preciate the attendance of the stu- 
dent body at their games as it does 
a great deal for team spirit. The 
games are held at Worcester Arena 
on Monday and Wednesday nights. 
Attendance at these games canouild 
an interest in a sport which is very 
much deserving of the title, "The 
best spectator event." 

Special Short Sport Stories 

Will the Hockey Team be inspired by a bigger attendance at their 

games? Good News!.. ..The F.S.C. Basketball Team scrimmaged 

Lowell Tech and won! Jim, "glue-fingers," Babineau caught the 

pass that beat the freshman in the annual sophomore-freshman football 

game ....It's good to see that a group of hardy students have been 

working out in the "little gym" after classes A group from Stevens 

College would like to play a basketball game with a group from F.S.C 

Anybody willing? It has been rumored that the track team will 

compete as an N.C.A.A. team this spring Sophomore classes 4A 

and 4B are set to have a duel to the finish in an off-season volleyball 

game The Fitchburg cheerleaders have volunteered to do some 

fancy cheering on the ice at the Fitchburg-Holy Cross hockey game on 
December 13 — ; It has been noticed by some people, of the appal- 
ling lack of support given to the Varsity teams by the student body 

The sophomore-freshman soccer game was highlighted by the scor- 
ing efforts to Paul Marchand and Dick Roy, and the great defensive work 
of Pat O'Leary and Steve Macaulay. The freshman showed good team- 
work and varying skills.*- The game was ably run by the sophomore M.I.B. 

represenatives, Jack Primiano and Mike Magrone Words of 

praise to the Mens Clubs on campus for their good, hard-hitting and sports- 
manlike football games. The results were as follows: Mohawk Club 14 
Gaveleer Society 0: Phi Delta Pi 18, Gaveleer Society 12: Mohawk Club 
18, Phi Delta Pi 12. 








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